A Voyage to the Sierra de Huétor Natural Park – Part 1

Since the end of June, Lars and I have been exploring the Sierra de Huétor Natural Park at regular intervals. Let’s start with some facts and numbers:

  • Established in 1989.
  • 12,128 hectares (29,970 acres).
  • Altitude between 1100 and 1900 meters.
  • Located not far from Granada.
  • Includes mountain ranges such as the Sierra de Huétor, Sierra de Arana, and Sierra de Cogollos.

This park is not only the home of some magnificent natural gems; there are some picturesque towns there as well. As you can imagine, exploring this region will take some time, given its size. We will publish our stories and pictures in (at least!) four parts; in the last one, Lars and I will suggest various itineraries.

Huétor Santillán

If you only have time for one town in this area, let it be this one.

Some facts and numbers:

  • Located 12km from Granada.
  • About 1750 inhabitats.
  • Of Arab origin.
  • Located in the Parque Natural itself.

Lars and I first had a look at the area around the church.

This is actually the place where women used to do their laundry! That must have been very hard work. According to some of my Spanish friends, this habit disappeared in the fifties and sixties.

Although Lars and I have been living in Spain for about 2 years now, we are still in awe of these white villages. Not to mention the splashes of color everywhere!

The driving skills of the Spanish never cease to amaze me… How they can manoeuvre in these narrow streets is still a mystery to me.

Embalse de Francisco Abellán

On our way to our last destination, we had a short stop at this reservoir.

The name of this reservoir refers to the engineer who built the dam (1996).

Diezma

There are certain priorities in life…

Some facts and numbers:

  • Located 40km from Granada.
  • Less than 900 inhabitants.
  • Part of the municipality is located in the Parque Natural.
  • Dating back to Roman times.

There are some stunning views here of the Sierra Nevada. Diezma is actually known as the Mirador (viewpoint) de Sierra Nevada.

Next week, Lars and I will publish our second part of our explorations in the Sierra de Huétor Natural Park. We start with a stop in a small village where we had an unexpected but delightful gastronomic experience and show you how to access the Park itself.

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